Yesterday was not a good day, I was constantly having the tingling sensation in my neck, face, hand and I started with this occasional flip flopping feeling in my heart! These feelings continued through the day and by late afternoon the flip flopping was almost continuous, my hubby took me to A&E and I was wired up to all monitors and had full bloods taken, my bp was higher than it had been since surgery but my heart rate was between 68 -70 BMP, I was seen by the A&E consultant who immediately diagnosed Paroxysmal Attrial fib, he wasn't too concerned as my heart did keep going back to usual rhythm. He refused to increase my bisoprolol beta blocker as my heart rate was low, he said my lower heart chamber was beating normally but my upper chamber was going a little frantic, he says this is normal as the heart is in shock following surgery, apparently it can happen to 30% of AVR's. It eventually calmed a little and I was discharged. This heart stuff can be pretty scary.
I definitely can feel an improvement in my physical abilities, up and down stairs no problems at all, I am able to perform light household tasks (dusting and carefully wiping down surfaces) little bit of cooking, and loading small amounts of washing. I am getting out each day for walks or shopping but am still aware that it is early days so I am resting in between. I am sleeping well, I am able to sleep on less pillows but still the best position is on my back. I am still experiencing strange symptoms, the occasional flash of light in my eyes, but this appears to be the norm following OHS, I am still worried about the occasional numbness and tingling in my face, neck, arm and hand, and I am my worst enemy when I start to research these symptoms on the net and it sends me into a complete panic. OHS makes you so aware of your own mortality.
Just thought I would mention that I have just been on my first solo walk, didn't go far, just around the block, but I did it, had jelly legs at first lol, another mile stone completed.
Had a better day today, still get the whooshing sensation from the bisoprolol (beta blocker) but went into to town with my hubby for 1hr and did a little shopping, why do people seem to want to walk into me! We were going to have lunch out but all cafes appeared to be full, this is what happens when the sun shines. Managed another 15 minute walk this afternoon as well, still resting on the sofa in between activities, not getting as tired as 1 week ago, but I am aware that it is still early days and the body needs time to rest! Must make that my mantra. Hope you all are feeling better soon.xxx
I am now 17 days post AVR op, I am feeling stronger each day and I am able to do so much more for myself.
I am still having visual issues like floaters, but not as bad as they were, 2 days following surgery I started having migraines with aura but these have also decreased, the issue that I am currently experiencing is really weird and scary, I get slight numbness and tingling, it starts in my jaw and tongue and radiates up to my ear (left side) it only lasts for seconds and causes me anxiety I have taken my bp whilst feeling like this and it was 117/69 but my heart rate was 91 but I think that was due to being anxious, I have seen my GP who felt it could be due to the shock my body has been through with the surgery, my concern was that I am having TVA's or a stroke, she checked my vitals and medication and feels I am OK, but this is scary, has anyone else experienced anything similar?
Hi all, I had my long awaited AVR surgery on 17th February 2014, I am currently 2 weeks post surgery, I thought I was well prepared and organised and maybe a little excited for my surgery, but I have to admit emotionally I was not ready!
I was discharged from hospital 4 days after surgery and I must tell you that this is where all the hard work begins, I have gone through several emotions because of pressure I placed upon my self, I thought I was super human and would sale through this first part of recovery easily, WRONG !!!! I am certainly not a patient patient but that is what you need to be, I was amazed at how tired I became, even just walking upstairs to use the loo resulted in having to have a little nap, to be honest, at first your daily routine is action, nap, action, nap, but this does improve on a daily basis, I am now week 2 post op, and I am feeling so much better, there are still the occasional emotional bumps regarding medication and weird symptoms, but I am feeling good, I can now sleep with only 2 pillows instead of the usual 6 I have become used to, I am now off all pain medication, I still don't like the effects of the beta blocker as it makes me light headed but I am hoping this will improve, but considering 14 days ago I was being woken in ICU that's not bad at all.